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Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington forged one of the earliest collaborations between Jews and African Americans to create schools throughout the nation for black children who had no access to publicly funded education. From 1912 to 1937, the Rosenwald schools program built 4,978 schools for African American children across fifteen southern and border states. In what is the first comprehensive photographic account of the Rosenwald Schools program, Andrew Feiler drove more than 25,000 miles and photographed 105 schools in all fifteen of the program states. This exhibition, “A Better Life for Their Children”, will debut at The Center on May 22nd, 2021.
Join us on May 21 as we explore the significance of historical memory, the strides made in education, the importance of shared resources, and how far we have to go in creating equitable education. Guests will hear from Andrew Feiler, photographer, and author of “A Better Life for Their Children”, Janeen Bryant, Direct of Operations of The Center for Racial Equity in Education, and Raymond Pierce, President and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation. This conversation will be moderated by Dr. James Calleroz White, Head of School at The Galloway School.